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Sadiq: Formation of PDF, UDF a ?hasty? move

TERMING AS ?hasty? the formation of two Muslim political parties ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, a top Muslim leader today said the community would not benefit through such moves if people continued to be divided on political lines.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2006 00:34 IST
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TERMING AS ‘hasty’ the formation of two Muslim political parties ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, a top Muslim leader today said the community would not benefit through such moves if people continued to be divided on political lines.

“It is not the right time to form such political parties. I think these were hasty moves,” All India Muslim Personal Law Board Vice President Syed Kalbe Sadiq told PTI on the sidelines of a function here.

Two Muslim political parties - the People’s Democratic Front, headed by a prominent Muslim leader of Uttar Pradesh Kalbe Jawad, and Uttar Pradesh United Democratic Front, headed by the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari - were formed recently with the aim of contesting the Assembly polls slated for early next year.

“There are many problems - poverty, illiteracy, unemployment - the Muslims are facing. We should try to solve these problems first before forming such political parties for the community,” he said.

He said such moves, ahead of the Assembly polls, would only create confusion among Muslims and divide the community.

“I don’t think the Muslims will benefit from formation of these two parties. The leaders should have waited for some more time,” Sadiq said.

Predicting a tough time for Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the PDF said last week that it might contest 147 seats in the Uttar Pradesh polls and that the ruling party would find it difficult to win even 30 seats if Muslims in the State were united.

“If Muslims are united in the state, Yadav would find it difficult to win even 30 seats in the next Assembly polls,” PDF general secretary Nehaluddin and Parliamentary Board president Mohmmad Arshad Khan said.Nehaluddin and Khan said the PDF could have an alliance with the UPUDF floated by Bukhari in the near future. “Talks with UPUDF are on... There could be an alliance, if not a merger,” they said. However, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said the emergence of new Muslim outfits would not have any effect his party.